Book Review: Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge (Helen Grace 1)

Star Rating: 4/5
Title: Eeny Meeny
Author: M J Arlidge
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 448
Genre: Mystery, Thriller and Crime

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The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it.

Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case.

And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .

For quite a while now, I have been struggling with reading for pleasure. I know that when I pick a book up, I will enjoy it and can read for quite a while; however, as I have been reading a lot for my PhD recently, I have been finding it difficult to have the motivation to pick up a book in the first place.

I decided to try a brand new author, but a book that had been recommended to me. This case, the book was recommended to me by my mum, who loves crime fiction. I decided to give it a go.

Firstly, I thought the premise of this book was incredibly interesting. The problem with crime fiction can be that a lot of them will use serial killers and it can get very tedious reading book after book with a very similar premise; but, this book was very original. Without giving anything away, this killer doesn’t actually do any killing themselves. They simply kidnap people in pairs, lock them away, and tell them they can be let go if one of them kills the other. It was something I myself had never read before.

All the way through the book there was chapters of a flashback perspective. You don’t know who the flashback is from or why it’s being included, though you begin to guess, which I really enjoyed and thought it added to the story very well.

I really enjoyed the authors style of writing, as someone who is only just getting into crime fiction, I feel like he is a good author to start with as it’s easy to follow, the language makes it easy to picture what’s going on and you get very involved with the characters themselves.

One small word on the ending itself, I definitely did not guess it and I was not expecting it either. I will definitely be reading more books by this author and I recommend giving him a try. This was the first book in the Helen grace series and I can’t wait to delve into her life further.

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